All Roads Lead to Austen: A Year-long Journey with Jane by Amy Elizabeth Smith

By Amy Elizabeth Smith

"An illuminating insight...fascinating."—Amanda Grange, bestselling writer of Mr. Darcy's Diary

"A trip via either a actual panorama and the geography of the human middle and mind...delightfully pleasing and sometimes deeply relocating, this booklet reminds us that Austen's world—and her characters—are a great deal alive."—Michael Thomas Ford, writer of Jane Bites Back


With a suitcase jam-packed with Jane Austen novels en español, Amy Elizabeth Smith trigger on a yearlong Latin American experience: a touring publication membership with Jane. In six targeted, unforgettable international locations, she accrued book-loving new friends— taxi drivers and academics, poets and politicians— to learn Emma, feel and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice.

Whether sharing hen beer with Guatemalans, becoming a member of the gang at a Mexican boxing fit, feeding a horde of tame iguanas with Ecuadorean little ones, or tangling with argumentative booksellers in Argentina, Amy got here to benefit what Austen knew all alongside: that we're now not constantly talking an identical language— even if we're talking an analogous language.

But with actual Austen intuition, she may possibly realize whilst, without notice, she'd discovered her personal Señor Darcy.

All Roads result in Austen celebrates the easiest of what we adore approximately books and revels within the excitement of sharing a superb book— with reliable acquaintances.

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